But now, I'm getting a little tired of the guy.
After years of "Manny Being Manny", he got popped for violating the league's anti-drug policy. Less, than two years later, he got caught again...and up and quit.
And then, earlier this month, he was arrested following an "altercation" with his wife.
Now this...from ESPN.
Manny Ramirez upon learning he will not be able to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic because he's on MLB's inactive list, told ESPNdeportes.com Thursday that he will formally request reinstatement.
Ramirez said that upon reentry, he would serve his 100-game suspension for a second violation of MLB's drug policy.
"I would comply with my pending sanction and I would be available for any major league team," Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com's Enrique Rojas via telephone from Miami. "I already informed (agent) Scott Boras of my decision to return and begin the process.
"If any team wants to sign me, I would play. If no one does, I would look to play in Japan or any other place. I was not prepared for retirement."
Ramirez cannot serve his suspension until he signs with a major league club.
While I'd love to see Ramirez just walk away...I do think this thing has a chance to become a beautiful disaster for all of us to watch.
Three potential postives.
- Ramirez returns and allows the boys over at URtheFan.com to create some awesome new t-shirts.
- Ramirez doesn't make it back to the Majors and ends up playing independent ball with Jose Canseco and his merry band of misfits.
- Ramirez throws an orange back in the ole blender and gets popped again for juicing.